Smart Cropping

We want to crop the image in Figure 7-54 but retain the discarded area in case we need to perform the same crop again later.

Dunes in Death Valley. This is the uncropped version.

Figure 7-54. Dunes in Death Valley. This is the uncropped version.

It’s not clear whether the original photo will benefit from cropping at all. Cropping is often the first step in the workflow, often followed by a lot of hard work improving color, contrast, and shadow and highlight detail. The correction process also often includes producing several proof prints in order to find the best version. We want to avoid having to repeat all that work if we discover that the original crop wasn’t the best choice after ...

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